Oral Proficiency Interview Requirements

The Modern Languages and Classics Department will recommend for participation in the Education Certification Program students who have achieved:1) an overall GPA of at least 3.0; 2) a GPA of 3.2 in the major field, and 3) a score of at least an Advanced Low on their Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) which is based on the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Students are responsible for the expense of the OPI.
 
OPI requirements for acceptance to the Education Certification Program:
According to ACTFL, the targeted level of oral proficiency should be Advanced Low on the OPI. However, the Modern Languages and Classics Department at Siena College will use the following standards for acceptance into the Education Certification Program:
1.     Students who receive a minimum of Advanced Low will be admitted immediately into the Education Certification Program;
2.     Students who receive an Intermediate High on the oral OPI will be accepted into the Education Certification Program but must engage in remedial academic work with the content area supervisor while taking EDUC 481 and student teaching to improve their language skills, and
3.     Students who receive less than Intermediate High on the OPI will not be admitted into the Education Certification Program.
 
The OPI must be taken within a month of returning from an abroad experience. Fall experience: by January 31; Spring experience: by June 30.
 
Options to achieve oral proficiency:
1.       Study abroad is an optimal way to achieve oral proficiency. A minimum of a semester abroad in a French or Spanish speaking country is strongly advised. Students will not be able to register for EDUC 481 until they take the OPI and achieve a minimum of intermediate high as defined by the ACTFL standards.
 
2.       If students plan not to study abroad, oral proficiency must be demonstrated no later than their fifth semester by achieving a minimum of intermediate high on the OPI as defined by the ACTFL standards. If students do not achieve intermediate high on the OPI, study abroad is still an option.
 
3.       Native and heritage speakers of French and Spanish must interview with the appropriate language professor in the Modern Languages and Classics Department who will evaluate their proficiency and recommend their next steps for possible participation in the Education Certification Program. Interview should be conducted no later than their fifth semester.